Former Real Salt Lake executive John Kimball brought in as Utah Soccer's interim president

John Kimball, president of Vivint Arena, home of the Utah Jazz, has been brought in as Utah Soccer's interim president while it seeks to find a new owner.

On Sunday, Dell Loy Hansen announced that he will sell Utah Soccer, which includes Real Salt Lake, the Utah Royals and Real Monarchs. On Tuesday, Real Salt Lake chief business officer Andy Carroll, the organization's highest-ranking executive, took a leave of absence after MLS and the NWSL announced they were launching investigations into a report about the sexist and toxic culture set by certain executives at the organization.

Kimball is no stranger to Real Salt Lake. From 2003-13, he served as the MLS club's chief marketing officer and senior vice president, from its launch to Hansen's takeover as sole owner.
 
“John is a trusted executive and strong leader in our industry,” said Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment president Jim Olson. “Given his previous experience working for Real Salt Lake, we are pleased to share his talents and expertise to ensure a successful soccer season here in Utah.”

Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment is the umbrella organization that owns the Jazz and Vivint Arena.

“We care deeply about the success of Utah Soccer both in the short term and in the long term and are happy to offer our support,” added Larry H. Miller Sports & Entertainment CEO Steve Stark. “We have committed to Mr. Hansen and the leagues our willingness to be helpful during this transition.”
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